IN its latest report, ReCAAP ISC states that a total of eight incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in May 2016, and this accounts for a 65% decrease compared to the same period in 2015.
For the period of January to May 2016, a total of 38 incidents were reported, the lowest in number compared to the same period in the past four years (2012-2015). There was no incident reported in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore in May 2016. However, there was one incident involving the hijacking of a product tanker, Hai Soon 12, for theft of oil cargo on board; after a lapse of nine months from the last oil cargo theft incident which occurred last year on 8 Aug 15 involving Joaquim. Notably, the Indonesian authorities had successfully foiled the theft on board Hai Soon 12 by intercepting/ boarding the tanker, rescued the crew, arrested the perpetrators and recovered the full cargo.
A total of eight incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in May 2016. Compared to the same period in 2015 there has been a 65% decrease in the total number of incidents. Of the eight incidents reported in May 2016, seven were armed robbery against ships and one was a piracy incident occurred in the South China Sea. Chart 1 below shows the number of incidents reported between May 2015 and May 2016.
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